Bay to Breakers

This weekend was Bay to Breakers (B2B). This is the world famous SF footrace. It is the oldest consistently run race, having been done every year for over 100 years. It is only 7 miles, so anyone can walk or run it.

It is not the length of the race, nor the number of years run that makes this event special. It is the city of San Francisco and the people in it. In true SF fashion, the race is less about running and more about the costume fueled seven mile party that the race becomes. The first group or two of runners are the serious running types that actually care about their times. After them come four more groups of people who couldn’t give two craps about their times, but are there to party and enjoy the company of the dressed up happy fools around them. I am part of this crowd.

This year I ran the race with my housemate Susan, Katy, Evan, Katy’s bestie Diana, Diana’s fiance John and John’s buddy/business partner Arlan. The theme for our costumes was animals, though not everyone followed this. I was a bunny, Susan was a beautiful butterfly, Katy a giraffe, Diana a white tiger and Evan a magical unicorn with tiny blue wings. Evan won for best costume in our group.

The race starts down by market street and the bay bridge. You then run up Post Street and the Hayes Street Hill. After that, the rest of the race is through Golden Gate Park and tends to have a slight downward slope until you hit Highway 1/the ocean. Overall it is not too bad, but the Hayes Street Hill is a little intense.

I love B2B. It is always great fun. However, I must say that I am pissed at SF, as every year they try to ruin this major event. A few years ago, the city said no more floats and no more alcohol. The alcohol I understand. 50,000 drunken fools can be a bit of a hazard to themselves and others. Plus, if you really need some alcohol, you just stop at one of the hundred house parties along the route.

The no floats thing is was really pisses me off. There is no reason for the city to out-law the amazing floats. Maybe they cost the city a little more to clean up, but then SF should just increase the cost of the race or charge an extra fee for floats. People would gladly pay. The floats used to be so amazing, they could put some major parades to shame. I hate that SF got rid of them and I wish they would stop being douche bags and just bring them back. Everyone misses the floats.

Rant Over.

I had a wonderful time at B2B this year. I was able to do the entire race even though I had seriously injured myself the weekend before, and the after party was even more fun. We sat drinking in the Safeway parking lot, made some random new friends, and then ended up at a hidden rave style party in Golden Gate Park. Nothing was planned and all super fun, which is my favorite kind of adventure.

Here are some photos from the day…

RunnersIMG_0359 More RunnersIMG_0361 Drinking on the Sidewalk Next to SafewayIMG_0363 Party in the ParkIMG_0365

Sailing & Vineyard #6

Over the weekend I went sailing for the first time. It was me, Joe and Joe’s mother. I had never been sailing before, so I was really looking forward to this. Turns out, I HATE sailing. Sailing involves a number of the things I loath: being cold, being wet, and having wind blow on you.

I tried to keep my whining to a minimum, so that Joe’s mother did not think I was a bitchy, whiny cow; but it was really hard. I was freezing the entire time. I was worried about being cold so I brought along a whole lot of layers, but they did not help. The wind just blew right through them all. The boat we went on is considered a U.S. National Park (don’t ask me how a boat can be a park), and it has no inside section where you can get away from the wind and NO bathroom. What kind of dumb boat tour expects people to be cool with being on a boat for 4 hours with no way to get out the wind and no way to pee/vomit in private.

I just looked it up. The boat we went on was the Alma, and tours cost $40. It might be fun if you are into sailing, but a better (and cheaper) trip is just to get on the ferry that goes around the bay. There are several ferries but the one I really like I believe is called the Golden Gate Ferry. You get to see the same views, you have the option to get off and walk around cute little bay towns, AND there is a nice bar with great bloody marys. Yum.


Sailing was Saturday. On Sunday Joe and I did more work on the vineyard. We rented an auger and started drilling the holes for the posts. We bought 8 foot wooden posts. We needed to dig 2 foot holes, so that 6 feet would be above ground and 2 feet below. We rented a single person auger, hoping that would make digging the holes easy. We had seen YouTube videos where people easily dug 2 foot holes using the single person auger. I don’t know if we were doing something wrong, my ground is too hard, or if our auger just sucked, but it did not work well.

The auger would dig through the first several inches of loose top soil easily, but then it would spin around worthlessly. It seemed like the ramp section was set too high, and it would not catch the soil, so the drill portion would just spin around on it’s tip on top of the soil and not actually lift any soil up/dig down. We reviewed some of the YouTube videos, and on the videos the little ramp portion appeared longer and lower, so I really believe our auger just sucked.

Joe and I were determined to get something accomplished, so we struggled with our crap auger and, after a full day of working, got the outside post holes dug. It was so satisfying when we finished the last hole and got to see all the posts standing in place. Near the end I was stupid and too tired to control the power tools and ended up hurting myself. I lost control of the auger and ended up whacking my left shin & knee several times. It is currently swollen and I expect to have an epic bruise in a few days.

We still have the inside posts to do. We hope to get those done next weekend, and we plan to rent the two person auger. I have no idea if the two person one will work better, but it can not be any worse.